Smoke and mirrors of capitol project

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Citizens of Juneau don't be fooled by the smoke and mirrors being used to sell the new state capitol building design. Yes, a new capitol building is needed, but at what expense?

The "signature buildings" proposed by the four finalists in the design competition don't represent the character of Juneau. Juneau has a unique downtown character, which shouldn't be ruined.

Each of the finalist designs would so overwhelm the Juneau downtown area that it would be ruined forever. They are out of scale and character with the historic center of town.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is currently constructing an addition to the museum, which is a "signature building," and it is a disaster. Not only is it approximately 30 percent over budget and a year behind schedule, but it is probably headed to court.

As an architect with more than 30 years experience in Alaska (retired) I am not opposed to modernistic design, but I am opposed to inflated egos getting in the way of good functional design.

Don't buy into a project that will alter the unique character of Juneau.

James Allan


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